Yesterday was rather frustrating as far as getting things accomplished. We had barely gotten started when a fellow came in who is one of the gubernatorial candidates, running against Kate Brown. We ended up talking with him for quite some time while Tempus worked on sanding a bowl and I stitched up and filled some biscornu and ornaments and small pouches.
After he left I got some pictures done and Tempus took off to get the tire replaced (remember that from over a week ago?) They *finally* had our size back in stock! He also did a couple of other errands and stopped at a friend’s house to get her trash out and a couple of chores done.
>>>>>>>>>>>> Blooming plum branch >>>>>>>>>>>>>
A couple of the Sewing Ladies came in and we worked on some basic sewing machine skills, then I did a little mending and worked on some more of the pouches that I’ve been doing from piecing scraps. Eventually I pulled out the Pannonian cap pattern and got one of those cut and stitched up, but it turned out awfully small.
Today Tempus is long since at the shop. I’m home trying to get myself going on cookery.
A warmly dressed fairy getting ready for spring! This is how they coax ‘em out of the ground ya know…. 🙂
From a Facebook page “LOVE and LIGHT ALL”
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today was one of the feasts of Artemis in the Ancient World, although she is usually venerated on the 6th day of each month. Now, we usually think of her as the lady of the crescent moon, the Daughter face of the Goddess, but she is still the goddess of the hunt and of deer and the protector, both of girls and of women in childbirth. She had a chariot drawn by golden deer and several hunting dogs given her by Pan. She carries, not just a bow, but also a spear and net or a lyre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis
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Love & Light,
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/22 at 10:20am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/12 at 6:39pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/15 at 6:35am.
The sky’s biggest asterism (informal star pattern) is the Winter Hexagon. It fills the heavens toward the east and south these evenings. Start with brilliant Sirius at its bottom. Going clockwise from there, march through Procyon, Pollux and Castor, Beta Aurigae and Capella near the zenith, Aldebaran over and down to Capella’s lower right, down to Rigel in Orion’s foot, and back to Sirius.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) is still in the west right after dark. Finder chart.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 12 High 3:04 AM 8.4 7:21 AM Rise 9:42 AM 13
~ 12 Low 9:18 AM 1.1 5:40 PM Set 11:00 PM
~ 12 High 3:11 PM 7.6
~ 12 Low 9:27 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Act it and you’ll get it.
~ A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Love your comrades in arms by being supportive, not enabling. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. – Benjamin Franklin
Every shaman, every conjure man, every artist, every scientist or teacher that goes to the edge of the usual and acceptable world and risks looking over, risks the sight of real principles, sees right into the gaps… but it’s sweeter air. Stay in the gaps. Love for the land is here. Resistance is here. The company’s better here… the water tastes best near its source. It is the water in the mainstream that is tasteless. – Alfredo Vea Jr.
Valentine Brownies – Serves 16
1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 – Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil – set aside.
2. In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar – cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk , cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust.
4. Bake 20 min. or until set. Let cool. Use foil to lift out pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or, cut into bars.
5. Decorate with icing. Store covered.
Valentines Heart Cookies – Decorating – Cookie – Holiday – Valentines
- Icing (fluffy buttercream or commercial work best)
- Batch of 3” sugar, shortbread, butter or lebkuchen cookies (see note)
- Red shoestring licorice
- Optional – Red hots, valentine nonpareils, silver ball decors, conversation hearts or red decorators sugar
- Tools – icing spatula, scissors, small spoon, bowl to contain decors when they run away
- Ice face of cookie.
- Cut two pieces of licorice about 3 ½ inches long.
- Place them on the cookie in a heart shape.
- If you’re going to use the other decorations, conversation hearts can be pressed into the center of the heart, (3 make a good display) or you can use the spoon to pour sugar or other candies into one “lobe” of the heart, or even to fill the entire center.
Note – The important part of this is that the cookies be at least 3” across, else the licorice will tend to spring loose.
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
- Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
- Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
- Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.